Animals and Society 2: Humans & Animals

Subject DASC20014 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising a two-hour lecture per week (24 hours) and a one-hour tutorial per week (12 hours)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Ian Bland, Prof James Gilkerson



Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to encourage students to continue to think about how and why animals are so integral to human society. Utilising case studies of current hot topics in animal welfare we examine human-animal relationships and emphasize the complex roles and responsibilities, and ethical requirements in human contact with animals. We will draw upon examples from species managed as companions in zoos, research environments and in livestock production. This subject contains presentations from internationally recognised experts to compliment lectures and tutorials.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Have experience in best practice in the care and management of, domestic livestock, animals in research programmes and companion animals in various conditions by evaluating the biological and environmental requirements of individual species
  • Be familiar with the concept of best standard practices under animal welfare and ethics guidelines
  • Have understanding of the environments in which human animal interactions occur and the range and impact of those interactions
  • A five-minute intra-semester oral presentation with 300 word synopsis completed during tutorials in Weeks 5 and 6 worth 25%
  • A 1200 word excursion report due approximately Week 9 worth 25%
  • A two-hour examination to be held in the end-of-semester exam period worth 50%
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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject the students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Academic excellence
  • Greater in-depth understanding of scientific disciplines of animal management in a range of species
  • The student’s flexibility and level of transferable skills should be enhanced through improved time management and enhanced ability to communicate their ideas effectively in both written and verbal formats

This subject involves the use of animals. Students should be aware that this is an essential part of the course and exemption from this component is not possible.

Related Breadth Track(s): Living with Animals

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